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What is Sleep Apnea

What is Sleep Apnea?

March is National Sleep Awareness Month.   In honor of this, we are going to do a series of informational article postings about sleep disorders and sleep study information.

Apnea is a Greek word meaning without breath; sleep apnea is the involuntary cessation of breath while a person is sleeping.

Sleep apnea is very common.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million Americans suffer from this disease.  Yet due to the lack of awareness and education of this disease, over half are undiagnosed and untreated, even with the severe consequences this disease can play on a patient’s health.

 

If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can have serious and even life-threatening consequences, such as: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, memory problems, weight gain and other major ailments.

 

Indicators include: obesity, morning headaches, high blood pressure, daytime sleepiness, waking with a dry mouth, atrial fibrillation, [ ... ]

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